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Hull boss Bruce: Balotelli like Cantona, Dugarry - treat with care

Hull City boss Steve Bruce feels he could work with Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli. Bruce believes players of his ilk need to be handled with care.

"Of course," he told the Hull Daily Mail. "Eric Cantona was supposed to be a troublemaker everywhere he went but once you bring a maverick in, you have to work with them.

"I had one at Birmingham in Christophe Dugarry. He had the best ability in a player I've ever signed but he was a bit different.

"When they've got that maverick in them, you have to handle them differently. They are not the norm.

"You make that decision as a manager the minute you bring them in. How you manage them today is the biggest challenge we all face.

"The earning power of these young lads is quite remarkable so they all take a bit of managing.

"Because he's different, he's an easy target for the media. He's not everyone's cup of tea but there's no doubt he's got exceptional ability.

"If he plays against us, we're going to have to be at our best. I'm sure he'll come good with time."

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